Posts tagged ‘country’

October 23, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Losing Side of Twenty-Five

In a matter of a few hours I will be heading out for some live music – a band introduced to me by my brother just this year.  American Aquarium out of North Carolina possesses a gritty, roots rock sound that meshes perfectly with tobacco and alcohol – specifically cigarettes and brown liquor.

Apparently they considered calling it quits just a few short years ago.  The band was unable to gain much traction outside of a small group of loyal followers, and with hardly enough cash to support themselves the members went into the studio for what they thought was going to be their last album.  Turns out Burn.Flicker.Die. actually sold, and American Aquarium came back with another album earlier this year.

I have never seen them live, but have heard that it is quite the experience and am very much looking forward to rocking out with them this evening.  Before I do, please enjoy “Losing Side of Twenty-Five”, from their latest album Wolves.

March 6, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Remember the Alamo

On this day in 1836, the heroic band of Texas independence fighters at the Alamo finally fell to the army of General Antonio López de Santa Anna after a thirteen day siege.  Legend holds that when it had become clear that reinforcements would not arrive, Colonel William Travis drew a line on the ground and asked any man willing to stay and fight to step over — all except one did.  The men who stayed to fight at the old mission, including Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, all sacrificed their lives that early spring morning for the cause of Texas independence.  By holding off the Mexican army for almost two weeks they allowed General Sam Houston to muster his army and prepare them to win independence from Mexico a mere six weeks later at the Battle of San Jacinto, where the Texan battle cry consisted of “Remember the Alamo!”.

Today, we remember the Alamo, as well as the lessons taught us by the heroes who died at that shrine to Texas liberty.  To the men who gave their lives for the cause of freedom, we raise our glasses.

January 9, 2015

Your Friday Jam: Waiting on the Maker

For anyone who has listened to even a handful of my Friday Jams (or simply taken a peek at my iTunes library), you know that I am a huge fan of The Departed, as well as their previous incarnation, Cross Canadian Ragweed.  With their latest album HippieLovePunk releasing next week on Tuesday, January 13th – this week’s jam just HAD to come from the upcoming album.  However, I had already posted all of the pre-released tracks here already, and we ain’t about reruns here.  Then, as if by Divine providence, The Departed released another track just a few days ago.

Maker is a tribute to a member of The Departed’s road crew, Lovey, who believe it or not, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting before at previous shows with The Departed.  Lovey owns the distinction of being the world’s oldest roadie (it’s not like anyone fact checks these things), and the song perfectly encapsulates his laid back attitude.  And when the keys come in towards the end of the song… dear Lord.

Click on the image below to check out Maker.  Also, pre-order the new album here (they have several different packages available).

November 7, 2014

Your Friday Jam: Got it?

Just a cursory glance at my past posts will reveal that I am a huge fan of The Departed – the ultimate sound of red dirt country.  Cody Canada and Jeremy Plato of Cross Canadian Ragweed fame have refined their sound to include more of a bluesy rock sound than the older CCR albums, and it works wonders. Anytime Plato’s slapping the bass I’ll be listening.

Their newest album HippieLovePunk releases on January 7, but pre-orders are available here.  In the meantime enjoy the gritty “Got It”, track 6 from the upcoming album.

October 17, 2014

Your Friday Jam: HippieLovePunk

Here at Vivid Karet, the greatest blog that is, we like to bring you the greatest that is of everything.  The greatest band that is just happens to be releasing their latest album (which will be the greatest album that is) this coming January and the first single off of the album became available this week to wet your appetite.  Listen to “Inbetweener” from The Departed over at Rolling Stone (for some reason I am unable to embed the song directly – Rolling Stone must really need the clicks…).  Friday Jams just keep rolling in the Red Dirt.


Pre-orders are up and running for HippieLovePunk over at The Departed’s website, and a little bird told me that the first 300 pre-orders will get a signed CD (but I’ve already pre-ordered mine, so that leaves 299 for the rest of you) – get on it, people.


Yep, here’s a chaser for the shot above – a little throw back Friday to possibly Cross Canadian Ragweed’s greatest song. Happy Friday, y’all.

October 10, 2014

Your Friday Jam: When the Lights Go Out

This weekend I’m in the mood for a good Red Dirt Country song, so here’s a relative newcomer to the scene – Sam Riggs.  Originally from Florida, he picked up and moved to Austin when he heard a Reckless Kelly album and loved the raw sound of Red Dirt music.  If my endorsement is not enough to get you to listen, the one and only Ray Wylie Hubbard said this of Mr. Riggs, “Sam Riggs wears a legacy of honest country, makes good rock, writes lyrics that matter and straps on a stage presence second to none.”

Enjoy “When the Lights Go Out” from Sam’s debut full-length album “Outrun the Sun” and his EP “Lighthouse”.